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RCA Dome

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The RCA Dome (originally Hoosier Dome) was a domed stadium in Indianapolis. It was the home of the Indianapolis Colts NFL franchise for 24 seasons (19842007).

RCA Dome
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Former namesHoosier Dome (1983–1994)
Address100 South Capitol Avenue
LocationIndianapolis, Indiana
Coordinates39°45′49″N 86°9′48″W / 39.76361°N 86.16333°W / 39.76361; -86.16333
OwnerCapital Improvement Board
OperatorCapital Improvement Board
Executive suites104
Capacity60,127 (1984–1991)
60,129 (1992–1995)
60,272 (1996–1997)
60,567 (1998)
56,127 (1999–2002)
55,506 (2003–2005)
55,531 (2006–2007)
Record attendanceWrestleMania VIII: 62,167 (April 5, 1992)
SurfaceAstroTurf (1984–2004)
FieldTurf (2005–2008)
Broke groundMay 27, 1982
OpenedAugust 5, 1984
ClosedFebruary 26, 2008
DemolishedDecember 20, 2008 by implosion
Construction costUS$77.5 million
($183 million in 2017 dollars[1])
Browning Day Pollack Mullins Inc.
Structural engineerGeiger Engineers
Services engineerM&E Engineering Service, Inc.[2]
General contractorHuber, Hunt & Nichols[3]
Indianapolis Colts (NFL; 1984–2007)

It was completed at a cost of $77.5 million, as part of the Indiana Convention Center, with the costs split between private and public money. The largest crowd to attend an event at the Dome was 62,167 for WrestleMania VIII in 1992. It was demolished in December 2008, as part of a project to expand the attached convention center.



The dome was made up of teflon-coated fiberglass and weighed 257 short tons (229 long tons; 233 t), which was held up by the air pressure inside the building. The ceiling was 193 feet (59 m) high, though the height varied up to five feet as the materials expanded and contracted with the weather.

Like other domes of this style (the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, BC Place, the Carrier Dome, and the Pontiac Silverdome) there were warning signs posted cautioning patrons of the high winds at the doors when exiting the facility.


Warm-ups before a game in the RCA Dome
Inside the RCA Dome

The domed stadium was similar in design and appearance to the Metrodome and the previous BC Place roof, owing in great part to the involvement of engineers David Geiger and Walter Bird, pioneers in air-supported roofs.[4]

The stadium was originally named the Hoosier Dome until 1994 when RCA paid $10 million for the naming rights for 10 years, with two 5-year options to RCA at a cost of $3.5 million if invoked. The stadium seated 56,127 for football, the smallest in the NFL. Modifications were made to the stadium in 1999 to expand the suites and add club seating. Before that, the maximum seating for a football crowd was 60,272. The stadium was originally built to lure a National Football League team to Indianapolis. The still under construction dome was used to lure the then Baltimore Colts to town on March 29, 1984.

The Dome was officially dedicated on August 11, 1984, as a sellout crowd watched the Indianapolis Colts defeat the NY Giants in an NFL preseason game. The Buffalo Bills and Chicago Bears played a preseason game at the Hoosier Dome on August 26, 1984. The game had been scheduled prior to the Colts moving to Indianapolis.

The football playing surface was originally AstroTurf; it was replaced with FieldTurf in 2005.

The stadium was replaced by a new retractable-roof stadium, Lucas Oil Stadium, in time for the 2008 NFL season. The RCA Dome was replaced by additional space for the adjacent Indiana Convention Center. The new convention space connects to Lucas Oil Stadium in much the same way that the existing Indiana Convention Center had been connected to the RCA Dome (although the new connecting walkway now passes under a railroad track).


On September 24, 2008, the roof of the Dome was deflated,[5] which took about 45 minutes. The dome was imploded on December 20, 2008. The implosion of the RCA Dome was featured on the second series premiere of the National Geographic show, Blowdown.

An Indianapolis nonprofit, People for Urban Progress, rescued 13 acres of the Dome roof. They work with local Indianapolis designers to upcycle the material into community shade structures and art installations, as well as wallets, purses and bags.



In addition to football, the Dome hosted several basketball games. The first game was an exhibition game in 1984 between an NBA All-Star team led by home-state hero Larry Bird and the United States Olympic Men's Basketball team, coached by Bob Knight, who was at the time the coach of Indiana University. The Dome also was the site of the NBA All-Star Game in February 1985, where a record NBA crowd of 43,146 saw the Western Conference beat the Eastern Conference 140–129.[6] Since then it hosted many NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship games, including four Final Fours (1991, 1997, 2000, 2006). The NCAA, whose headquarters are in Indianapolis, has committed to holding the Final Four in Indianapolis once every five years. The RCA Dome hosted its only Women's Final Four in 2005. It served as one of two sites for the FIBA Men's Basketball World Championship in 2002, sharing the honors with Conseco Fieldhouse, the home of the Indiana Pacers.

Other sportsEdit

The closing ceremony and the gymnastics and handball events of the 1987 Pan American Games were held in the Hoosier Dome.

In 1991, the Dome hosted the 1991 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships. In 1992, the Dome hosted WrestleMania VIII for the World Wrestling Federation.

In addition, it hosted the NCAA Men's Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships from 1989 to 1999, the 1990 General Conference Session of Seventh-day Adventists, the World Gymnastics Championships in 1991, the Indiana High School Athletic Association's annual boys and girls championships (with the boys' final game witnessed by the largest crowd [over 40,000] ever for a high school basketball game). Additionally, the RCA Dome served as the site of the Indiana State School Music Association State Marching Band Competition, the Bands of America Grand Nationals, and the Drum Corps International Midwestern Regional, along with the NFL Scouting Combine in February of each year. It also hosted a PBR Built Ford Tough Series bull riding event in 2004.

Lucas Oil Stadium (left) replaced the RCA Dome (right) in 2008.

The Dome hosted an AMA Supercross Championship round from 1992 to 2008.[7]


Many memorable concerts took place in the "Hoosier Dome" such as Farm Aid in 1990 (Elton John, Guns N' Roses, Lou Reed, John Mellencamp, CSN&Y, Willie Nelson, Iggy Pop, Don Henley & Bonnie Raitt to name a few), Monsters of Rock (Van Halen, Metallica, Scorpions, etc.), the 1987 Pink Floyd reunion and the Rolling Stones, The Monsters of Rock Festival. It also hosted events such as Indiana State University college football, Black Expo, Promise Keepers, truck pulls, wrestling and many high school events.


  1. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  2. ^ "Specifying Engineer". Specifying Engineer. Cahners Publishing Company. 53: 96. 1985.
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  4. ^ Smithsonian January 1988
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  6. ^ NBA Encloypedia
  7. ^ 2015 AMA Supercross media guide
Events and tenants
Preceded by
Memorial Stadium
Home of the
Indianapolis Colts

Succeeded by
Lucas Oil Stadium
Preceded by

McNichols Sports Arena
Continental Airlines Arena
Tropicana Field
Edward Jones Dome
NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
Finals Venue

Succeeded by

H.H.H. Metrodome
H.H.H. Metrodome
Georgia Dome
Preceded by
New Orleans Arena
NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament
Finals Venue

Succeeded by
TD Banknorth Garden
Preceded by

Gator Bowl
Pontiac Silverdome
Host of
Bands of America
Grand National Championship

Succeeded by

Pontiac Silverdome
Lucas Oil Stadium
Preceded by
McNichols Sports Arena
Host of the
NBA All-Star Game

Succeeded by
Reunion Arena
Preceded by
Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
IAAF World Indoor Championships in Athletics

Succeeded by
Budapest Sportcsarnok
Preceded by
Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena
Host of WrestleMania VIII
Succeeded by
Caesars Palace
Preceded by
Invesco Field at Mile High
Host of AFC Championship Game
Succeeded by
Gillette Stadium

Coordinates: 39°45′49.17″N 86°9′47.95″W / 39.7636583°N 86.1633194°W / 39.7636583; -86.1633194